Hathorway was founded by former Silicon Valley designer in tech, Jessica Phan. In 2015, Jessica travelled to Vietnam to reconnect with her roots and visit her extended family. It was there she discovered products made of buffalo horns — from chopsticks and spoons to hair combs and jewelry. She began to fall in love with material as she learned more about it the beauty of it. While she loved the material, she found all the jewelry styles distasteful.
Jessica bought a few of them and started to reconstruct them to suit her own unique style. As she wore them, she received several compliments and started selling them on Etsy. This became a hobby. By day she led the design team as head of design for a tech startup in Palo Alto. By night and on weekends she would make earrings and necklaces made of horns to sell to her coworkers, friends, and family.
In February 2018, Jessica left her career in tech to build out Hathorway. This gave her the opportunity to reconnect with her Vietnamese culture while allowing her to pursue her childhood dream in fashion and cavernous, maddening interest in design.
Today she runs Hathorway from her home office in Redwood City, California — doing everything from design, product development, and marketing to e-commerce experiences. With her background in graphic design, many of her inspiration comes from the clean lines and edgy silhouettes of geometric shapes, designed for the metropolitan woman.
Along with Rebecca Minkoff, Rachel Zoe, Aurora James of Brother Vellies, and many other passionate women, Jessica became a part of the Female Founder Collective as of March 2019.